1: The first small problem was that there always seemed to be a dearth of towels when the service staff made up the rooms in the morning (Tip ... bribe your room maid!!). I think this was because some guests signed out pool towels, and then hung onto them, or happily used their room towels in addition to the pool towels. The upside was, when the towels came, they were warm from the laundry (but bribe your room maid!). \
2: The Russians are the new Germans regarding hogging sunbeds at the pool!!
3: The internet service, while free, was like watching paint dry when trying to download email attachments, which follow even the most dedicated businessman-holidaymaker everywhere.
4: One had to dance around beneath the shower in order to get the greatest effect from the water flow to clear the suds from hair and body shampoo, but the water was hot enough for those who like hot showers.
1: The staff were excellent, very helpful, and kind.
2: The view across the lagoon to Alpulat Island (actually accessible on foot at most states of the tide through limpid and shallow waters) to the Philippine Sea beyond was (and still is) PHENOMENAL.
3: I think the value for money is very good. One gets what one pays for, but in the Santa Fe, you get MORE than what you pay for.
4: The food in the Santa Fe Grille restaurant was average to good, helpings were generous, but the views from the bar (and the cocktails) were outstanding .... the sound of the gentle lapping of the small waves in the lagoon were (almost) as intoxicating as the cocktails.
5: The tour facilities tended to favour the Japanese speakers, but as I lived in Japan for over 30 years, not a problem. Otherwise, the tour operators were extremely professional, and the tour quality was high. I particularly enjoyed the sunset dinner cruise, but I recommend paying the extra to get the VIP treatment ... well worth the extra US $ 40 or whatever it was. At least, even in fairly cloudy weather, one can always see a sunset. However on the dolphin watching tour, I guess they were a little shy because of an impending tropic storm (No 09W)..
6: The sea was incredible, clear, and teeming with wildlife, but none of the dangerous kind (with the exception of some of the younger two-legged versions).
7: There are other restaurants close by if you get tired of the culinary charms of the Grille. Shirley's to the right of the hotel (2 minutes) serves great US-Chinese food, and the buffet in the Outlook Hotel (to the right, 3 minutes) has very good breakfasts and lunches.
8: All in all, a great experience. I will certainly stay at the Santa Fe again ... 4 to 4.5 out of 5 stars, for the money you pay. Dear readers, if you want a luxury hotel, there are many of these at double the price, or more. Simple is sometimes best.